Sesame Street has officially insisted that Bert and Ernie aren’t gay, despite the protestations of fans. Speaking to Queerty, Mark Satzman, who wrote for Bert and Enie for more than 10 years in the 80s and into the 90s, spoke of how his relationship with the late film editor Arnold Glassman inspired his writing. He said: “I remember one time that a column from The San Francisco Chronicle, a preschooler in the city turned to mom and asked ‘are Bert & Ernie lovers’…And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were.”
Sesame Workshop, the educational organization behind the show released a statement denying what Satlzman had commented, saying: “Bert and Ernie are best friends they were created to teach preschoolers that people can be friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male and possess many human traits and characteristics, they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.” Bert & Ernie creator Frank Oz later tweeted that he did not create the characters as a couple bug also asked “why does it matter?” Here to discuss are Shira Lazar, Ryan Mitchell and special guest, social media influencer Motoki Maxted.
So what does this trio think of the story? Shira says that she gets it, because she thinks Sesame Street wants to make a bigger and broader point. Ryan thinks that they switched up the narrative to appease their more close minded audience, but Ryan thinks they're so clearly gay. Motoki then attempts to do his best Bert impression and it comes out as Kermit. Ryan feels that Sesame Street should focus on these same closed minded audience members, and trying to change their minds by introducing gay issues into the show to expose kids to it to create more acceptance.
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